Midwest Fishing Report (June 27)
BY DALE BOWMAN July 26, 2011 8:54PM
Updated: July 27, 2011 2:14AM
PERCH: ILLINOIS REOPENER: Perch fishing in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan reopens Monday for those 16 and older. The Aug. 1 reopener has become the biggest fishing day in Chicago. There’s promise. On Tuesday, Mik-Lurch reported good numbers moved into Cal Harbor for boaters. Mike Starcevich hopes that will be a good sign for boaters next week in the weed beds off Navy Pier. Another good sign is that the three top perch entries by kids in July in the Richard J. Daley Memorial Sportfishing Derby were all well over a pound and came late in the month from Burnham/Northerly Island, according to Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports & Bait. INDIANA: Cal Harbor bite appears to be on. Starcevich said there were mixed sizes, with minnows, soft shells and spinners working. Farther east, the best perch action for weeks has been out of Burns Ditch, according to Brian Breidert, Indiana’s Lake Michigan fisheries biologist.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Salmon Stop reported good catfish on worms or Sonny’s. Triangle reported catfish in the 4- to 10-pound range. Triangle reported good walleye feeding around current areas (bridge areas and the river). Bluegills are good; try around piers or laydowns with ice jigs tipped with wax worms under small floats. Topwaters or bucktails are the best choice for muskies early and late. For white bass, try shallower on Marie or Petite.
COOLING LAKES: BRAIDWOOD: As of Tuesday, there were no major fish kills, site staff said. LaSALLE: Ed Hansen at the hatchery said there were no fish kills. Lake is open Wednesday through Sunday until Sept. 30.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe reported heat drove bass into large schools just above the weeds in 15 feet; best on split-shot-rigged night crawlers or casting a swim jig. Bluegills are excellent on outside weed edge (15 to 18 feet). Walleye are best at first light. GENEVA: Duwe reported pike (on the thermocline in 30 to 33 feet) and rock bass (14 to 16 feet) are good. Largemouth are in 18 to 24 feet; try to find scattered weeds with rock.
DOWNSTATE: SHELBYVILLE: Guide Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service
reported white bass are busting good at daylight until 7:30 a.m.; otherwise, it is trolling. Water is 88
degrees. Some crappie in 12 to 18 feet with minnows; keepers take sorting.
EVERGREEN: Site staff reported crappie in 15 to 20 feet and good catfish around boat-rental point in the evenings. Bluegills are best early and late.
FOX RIVER: WESTERN SUBURBS: River spiked, then receded quickly. Conditions will stabilize by the weekend, barring another blast of torrential rains.
ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK AREA: River came up several feet but is clear and dropping quickly. Time on the Waters Outdoors reported catfish are the top bite, but trollers are taking some sauger and walleye.
KANKAKEE RIVER: Rains raised the river enough to improve fishing. Ed Mullady reported catfishing is good in both states, especially some big ones in the Wilmington area. ‘‘Catfish’’ Dave Bradigan reported ‘‘another banner day wading on the river’’ over the weekend for catfish around Momence. Norm Minas reported good smallmouth over the weekend on rattlebaits or nose-hooked flukes and fantastic buzzbait action before the storms.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top. CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported some coho and steelhead in 80 to 100 feet northeast of the Wilson crib with some lakers on the bottom. Capt. Bob Poteshman reported good lakers straight out in 100 to 130 feet; mornings better. WAUKEGAN: Salmon Stop reported kings, lakers and some steelhead in 60 feet on blue-and-green flies and some on spoons (Hey Baby, Orange Crush, Sister Sledge). There are even a few kings from shore at night. There are a few steelhead before the sun at the end of Government Pier. NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported good steelhead right on the Hill straight out on spoons or Dodgers and flies; best mornings. Some kings, mostly smaller, being caught from the Hill to 115 feet. A 23-pound king was
reported late Tuesday by Poteshman on a Magnum Dreamweaver Sister Sledge spoon on a downrigger down 48 feet in 150 feet.
RIVER: The Chamber of Commerce reported pike and panfish are the top bites. MINOCQUA: Minocqua guide Kurt Justice said he expects summer patterns to settle in. Smallmouth
(either on weed edges in 10 to 15 feet or over rock humps in 18 to 26 feet), largemouth (working weeds with plastics or surface baits) and bluegills (roaming weed beds) are very good. Walleye, pike and perch are good.
reported good steelhead (to 16 pounds) in 35 to 40 feet. There also were some coho and Chinook off Burns Ditch over the weekend. It was 77 degrees on surface, 57 on bottom. Starcevich called it t he best steelhead year since they opened; anything with orange is taking steelhead. Some kings are mixed in.
ROCK RIVER: OREGON: TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental reported catfish still good on cut bait or cheesebaits. River only came up enough to clear.
ST. JOSEPH AREA, MICH.: Tyler Harmon posted on Facebook: ‘‘Hot weather means morning and evening fishing. Bass and panfish on inland lakes. Catfish on the river.’’
SHABBONA LAKE: Heat slowed effort.
Lakeside reported topwaters are best for largemouth.
WOLF LAKE: Mik-Lurch reported largemouth action (a 22-incher weighing 5.5 pounds won the kids’ derby Saturday in Hammond) is hot, but walleye has slowed.